Chick-fil-A Announces First Harlem Restaurant

 A new Chick-fil-A® restaurant began serving the Harlem community last week on Thursday, December 1, 2022.

Kevin Young has been selected as the independent franchised Owner/Operator of Chick-fil-A in Harlem, NY.

Chick-fil-A 216 West 125th Street is located on 125th Street between Adam Clayton Powell and Frederick Douglas Boulevard in Harlem and will be open for dine-in and carry-out from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Guests of Chick-fil-A can place an order for pickup, dine-in or delivery on the Chick-fil-A® App or online. When joining the Chick-fil-A One® tiered membership program, guests receive points on every qualifying purchase, which can be used to redeem available rewards. Visit chick-fil-a.com/delivery to view delivery options in your area.

The restaurant joins 14 other Chick-fil-A restaurants serving the wider New York City market.

As full-time, hands-on leaders in their restaurants and communities, Chick-fil-A Owner/Operators proudly reside in the communities in which they serve.


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In Harlem, Young will be responsible for all day-to-day activities of the business, including employing approximately 115 full- and part-time Team Members, serving guests and cultivating relationships with local organizations and businesses.

Young grew up in Maryland and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2001, eventually reaching the rank of lieutenant, Nuclear Engineer. After five years of military service, he transferred his skills to join the business world where he held numerous positions with Cintas, Proctor & Gamble, Nielsen, Goldman Sachs and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

Young and his wife, Joy, landed in New York City in 2013. While he was building his business career, he took an interest in Chick-fil-A and shadowed Oscar Fittipaldi, an Operator in New York City, to learn more about the business. Young pursued the path to become an Operator, and in 2018, he officially joined Chick-fil-A as the Operator of Chick-fil-A 918 8th Avenue in Midtown. Young will be solely dedicated to operating the Chick-fil-A on 125th Street location.

“I’m honored to join the Harlem community and create a memorable Chick-fil-A experience for each guest, complete with quality food and our signature customer service,” said Young. “It is my hope that our restaurant offers a positive, lasting impact on Team Members, guests and the Harlem community.”

In honor of the opening, Chick-fil-A, Inc. will donate $25,000 to Feeding America on behalf of the new restaurant. These funds will be distributed to partners in the greater New York City area to aid in the fight against hunger.

In addition, the restaurant is recognizing 100 local heroes making an impact in the Harlem area by providing them with free Chick-fil-A meals for a year.

Chick-fil-A Operators are committed to hiring, developing, and retaining top talent and providing a positive work environment for people of all ages and backgrounds. Team Members have opportunities for flexible work hours and leadership growth, competitive pay and benefits, hands-on training and mentoring, and the chance to apply for scholarships to support their continuing education.



Chick-fil-A is known for serving customers great-tasting food made with high-quality ingredients, including the original Chick-fil-A® Chicken Sandwich. Made with a real, whole, boneless breast of chicken with no added fillers, the breaded chicken is pressure cooked in fully-refined peanut oil. Chick-fil-A was one of the first in the industry to eliminate chicken raised with antibiotics to ensure guests have an option for high-quality food on the go.

To complement the great-tasting chicken, fresh produce is delivered to Chick-fil-A restaurants up to six times a week for the best quality and flavor. The fresh ingredients are raised and grown by farmers who share the company’s elevated quality and safety standards, so guests feel good about their meals.

Not all New Yorkers have been thrilled by Chick-fil-A’s slow encroachment into the city. Run by a conservative Christian family, the company has donated millions of dollars to groups opposing same-sex marriage, prompting efforts to boycott the chain.

Patch writes that the building, formerly home to Ashley Stewart, has been under renovation in recent months, and the Curious Uptowner reported Monday that signage for Chick-fil-A had appeared. The new location has been listed on Chick-fil-A’s website since at least May.

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